Updated (August, 2011): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700

52

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78

Large screen
Screen size
3.5"
Really small
Size
Super compact 99x55x20 mm
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Thin
Thickness
0.8"
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700

Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Size
Really small
Compact 103x55x24 mm

differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FX78

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Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.5" vs 3.0"
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Around 20% larger screen
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Size
Smaller
99x55x20 mm vs 103x55x24 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Weight
Lighter
142 g vs 177 g
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Around 20% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
0.8" vs 1"
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Around 20% thinner
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FX700

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Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.2 vs f/2.5
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At its widest zoom, the DMC-FX700's lens captures marginally more light (0.4 f-stops)
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
10 fps vs 3.7 fps
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More than 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Macro focus
Better macro capability
3.0 cm vs 5.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/1300s
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Around 40% faster max shutter speed
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$272.55 vs $299.00
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The best price we've seen is $26 cheaper (around 10% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              Aperture Wide aperture Help
              DMC-FX78f/2.5
              DMC-FX700f/2.2
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Less buttons
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 30fps
              Wide angle Good wide angle Help
              24 mm
              Size Fairly small Help
              DMC-FX7899x55x20 mm
              DMC-FX700103x55x24 mm
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Longest exposure Very long exposure times Help
              60 seconds
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              5x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX75

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX75

              Compact

              $150

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Movie format Records lower quality movies
              Panasonic Lumix FX80

              Panasonic Lumix FX80

              Compact

              $153

              3D Captures 3D images
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90

              Compact

              $128

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX65

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX65

              Ultra compact

              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Touch screen Doesn't have a touch screen

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR3

              Travel zoom

              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Olympus SH-21

              Olympus SH-21

              Travel zoom

              $199

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Casio Exilim EX-ZR200

              Casio Exilim ZR-200

              Travel zoom

              $267

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $159 - $207

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Pro digicam

              $599

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Size Much larger
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

              Pro digicam

              $293

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $328 - $398

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Much larger
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28

              Super zoom

              $678

              Zoom More zoom
              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Size Much larger
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

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